Catholic School’s Week Mass – February 3, 2017
As students and families from 6,594 Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country prepare to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, I wanted to express my gratitude to the community for your wonderful support of Catholic education.
I moved to Sioux Falls in July after taking over as President of the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools and have been truly impressed by the contributions made by many to ensure that an academically solid, faith-based Catholic education is available to families.
National Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to express our gratitude to the Sisters who traveled to the Dakota prairies over 125 years ago to establish schools and bring healthcare to the region. Their courage and fortitude is still evident today with our outstanding Catholic Schools and extraordinary healthcare system.
Our gratitude extends to Bishop Swain, our local pastors, parents, Board members, volunteers and members of our parishes, without whose support we simply would not exist. I have had the privilege to work in Catholic education for nearly three decades and can tell you that the Catholic school teachers and staff here are some of the finest I have seen. Their commitment to the students and families, to our shared ministry of providing a “community of faith and excellence” is powerful.
Catholic schools have a rich history of excellence in the classroom and to serving others. I am proud of the work being done by our school communities to help others in need. They are living the challenge to be the ‘hands and feet of Christ’.
It is critical to have choices in education. A strong education with a focus on faith and service creates true value.
President, Sioux Falls Catholic Schools